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What the Research Says About Full-day Kindergarten

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As research and practice shed light on the importance and impact of early learning, many states have explored implementing full-day kindergarten. However, funding and requirements differ significantly among states: Some states fully fund full-day kindergarten while others provide only partial funding for the additional time and resources involved. Local school districts that seek to offer extended learning or full-day kindergarten are left to find other sources such as tuition, Title I, and local funding to fill the gap (Zvoch & Parker, 2008).

This four-page brief, written by NWCC’s Erin Lolich, looks at the benefits, limitations, and other considerations state and local leaders should keep in mind when deliberating full-day kindergarten.

Download research brief (PDF)